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Course title: Grief Counseling Principles and Practice Course #/term:
SW790 (012) Winter, 2020
Time and place:
Thursday 5:30-8:30 p.m. 2752 SSWB January 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6 and 13
Credit hours: 1
Prerequisites: SW617 or permission with pre-class reading
Instructor: Debra Mattison, Clinical Assistant Faculty
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Contact info: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 734-763-1624
You may expect a response within 24-48 hours Monday-Friday; Email not monitored as frequently on weekends
Office: 3838 SSWB
Office hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. and by appointments are also welcomed
1. Course Statement
a. Course description
This course is designed to deepen knowledge and skills in grief counseling to work effectively with a diverse range of bereaved individuals. Theoretical underpinnings of grief and loss counseling and contexts in which counseling may occur will be explored. Developing specific grief assessment and intervention skills applicable to a range of clients across the lifespan and different types of loss will be the focus of the course. This course builds on SW617 and focuses on clinical assessment and therapeutic interventions.
CSWE Course Competencies
Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) 2015
This course will address and support competency development in the following
CSWE identified core competency areas:
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice Competency 4: Engage In Research-informed Practice Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities
b. Course content
Course content will focus on deepening and broadening our concept of grief
including various types of grief and human grief responses. The content will support
increasing clinical skills regarding grief assessment and clinical intervention with a
variety of clients. The course will also deepen our awareness of our own grief-
related beliefs and experiences that impact our work with clients.
c. Course objectives and competencies
Students will be able to:
Describe a strengths-based framework for grief and loss
Identify social context and societal responses which impact grief
Describe the variety of grief expression related to various cultural and diversity mediators of grief
Demonstrate effective grief assessment processes and techniques including grief contextual factors such as culture, mental health, DSM and bio psychosocial spiritual assessments
Demonstrate appropriate grief interventions across the life span and with diverse individuals, populations and losses (e.g., LGBTQIA+, pregnancy loss, immigration, suicide survivors, etc).
Understand grief counseling implications for the clinician and strategies to use support resilience.
Describe ethical considerations involved in grief counseling.
d. Course design
This course uses a relationship-based engaged approach to learning in which we learn from and with each other. A variety of collaborative learning methods will be used to promote skill development including interactive lectures with active student participation, readings, in-class application exercises, role plays, practice clinical scenarios, videos and written assignments. Understanding core class concepts and the ability to apply these concepts will be emphasized.
e. Curricular themes
Multiculturalism and Diversity will be addressed throughout this course and will be highlighted in the content of commonalities and differences in the lived experiences of grief and loss. Social Justice and Social Change will be addressed by examining the potential impact of diverse losses and related social justice issues. Key dimensions of loss will be examined with consideration to potential marginalization, exclusion and oppression for disenfranchised populations. This course promotes the identification of theories, practice and/or policies that promote social justice, illuminate injustices and are consistent with scientific and professional knowledge. Promotion, Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation will be addressed through review of the literature regarding connections between health (physical, mental,
behavioral) and loss and grief. Implications for practice, policy and research are also addressed. Behavioral and Social Science Research will be presented throughout the course and will include findings from sociology, psychology, medical anthropology, social work, public health, medicine, nursing, and health services research related to loss and grief.
f. Relationship to social work ethics and values Social work ethics and values will be addressed in the context of the NASW Code of Ethics. This course will increase awareness and will evaluate ethical issues involved in integration of spirituality into social work practice. We will also discuss the need for personal reflection, awareness and the impact of the social worker’s values and reactions to these issues.
The social work program is one of professional preparation. In addition to acquiring theoretical knowledge, students are expected to acquire professional values, to integrate knowledge from a range of courses, to develop professional skills and valued congruent with the profession. The NASW Code of Ethics outlines a set of core values that form the basis of the Social Work profession’s purpose and perspective. The Code encourages behaviors which promote professionalism and respect for clients, colleagues and employers. It is expected that all students conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Code of Ethics and demonstrate professional use-of-self behaviors in class including respect, courtesy and ACTIVE listening with fellow students and the instructor. As professionals, you are expected to maintain confidentiality and respect differences. You are expected to take personal responsibility and be committed to your own learning experience by being an active and responsible and response-able member of each class.
For further elaboration of the values and ethical standards inherent in social work, students are encouraged to access the Code of Ethics at https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics/Code-of-Ethics-English and the Student Guide.
g. Intensive focus on PODS
This course integrates PODS content and skills with an emphasis on the
identification of theories, practice and/or policies related to diverse experiences,
expressions and beliefs and practices regarding grief. The course seeks to identify,
address and confronting social structures, beliefs and practices that disenfranchise
Students are invited and expected to be partners in actively contribute from their
experiences, field placement practice and knowledge of readings, etc. in service to
our goal to continually develop a vision of social justice. We strive to learn together
to recognize and reduce mechanisms that support oppression and injustice, work
toward social justice processes, apply intersectionality and intercultural frameworks
and strengthen critical consciousness, self-knowledge and self-awareness to
facilitate PODS learning in the context of loss and grief counseling in social work
2. MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
Relationship Focused Partnership: Mutual Learning Commitment My commitment is to provide organized, meaningful course material and opportunities for learning in a respectful, safe and encouraging learning environment. Many times we approach learning experiences with expectations of what we will get from them. This model focuses on the professor giving information and the student getting information. Relationship-based learning focuses on “giving, getting and growing” together as we learn about, from and with each other. Students are invited and expected to be active and engaged partners in the learning process by coming to every class prepared, ready, willing and able to contribute to meaningful discussion and learning. Please feel free to contact and meet with me early and throughout the semester as needed with questions, concerns and suggestions. I look forward to what we will experience and learn together.
Intentionality Intentional learning is not passive, but rather is focused on actively pursuing your own individual learning goals. You are encouraged to be intentional about: what you want to achieve in this class, why these goals are important to you and how you choose to engage and invest to reach these goals.
3. Class Requirements
Personal accountability in learning
Personal accountability shifts the focus from being solely about
what one is taught, to self-determination and what one
consciously chooses to learn.
Your learning is not just about academic learning but also involves learning and
improving life skills and professional use-of-self. Students are expected to take
personal responsibility and be committed to their own learning experience by being
active and response